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The success paradoxWhy we need a holistic theory of social mobility$
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Graeme Atherton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316336

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316336.001.0001

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Reframing social mobility

Reframing social mobility

(p.163) Nine Reframing social mobility
The success paradox

Graeme Atherton

Policy Press

This final chapter outlines how to holistic approach the social mobility could be advanced and the paradox of success in the early 21st century UK addressed. What is argued here is that success needs to be re­framed. It argues for the centrality of well-being as a basis for the holistic social mobility approach. To develop this approach a number of areas need to be addressed including how stratification is understood, the mission of education, connecting social mobility with social change and in particular addressing the relationship between higher socio­economic groups and social mobility. The chapter ends by summarising the case for holistic social mobility the book has attempted to make. The aim has not been to ignore the importance of economic factors in shaping success and progress at the individual level, but they are increasingly inadequate as a sole mechanism of understanding success and progress. Examining social mobility in this holistic way provides a route to both addressing and understanding some of the fundamental challenges facing advanced economies like the UK in the early 21st century.

Keywords:   stratification holistic mission, challenge

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